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Old 09-08-2020, 09:32 AM   #1
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I did not know.....

My brother called me the other day to tell me that the floor in his TT is super soft, and whilst walking through the trailer to see how bad the damage was he fell through the floor!

Because of Covid and other personal reasons they haven't even opened up the trailer until this weekend past, and apparently there has been a leak all year long that has caused this disaster.

The damage appears to have spread from the front door all the way down to where the table sits, and even into the bathroom some. What a friggen mess!

So he's called me for some help to fix it, and sent along some pictures of what he's up against.

This thread isn't about asking for help on how to fix it (a lighter and a bit of gas would do just fine in my mind), but rather my shock as I did not know how flimsy these floor are/were actually put together.

Starting at the top there is the linoleum layer, the 1/8" to 1/4" luan like board, roughly an inch of styrofoam insulation and then the canvas that is stretched underneath the trailer to keep the road grim out.......THAT'S IT!!

The floor joists (only going from what I can see in the pictures and not actual measurements) appear to be 24" OC, but possibly more?

I'm truly at a loss as to how to fix it, but I'm making a 5 hour trip to his place today to have a look.

So my question is.........are all trailer floors built this poorly, or was that just the way they did things about 10 years ago??

How does that undercarriage wrap take all the weight and not rip more than the hole you see in the one picture?

I just want to make it clear though that this isn't a Forest River brand trailer, but it is another very well known brand.........shocking, just simply shocking!
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Old 09-08-2020, 11:49 AM   #2
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Hope he wasn't injured falling through the floor. Unfortunately, water is the enemy when it comes to travel trailers. Leaks can come from the roof, windows, doors, slides, and undercarriage, plumbing, etc..
They are built with lightweight materials to keep the total weight and cost of the trailer down. These problems are seen across the tt industry.
Repairing it is not going to be easy, but the first thing he needs to find out is where the leak is coming from. He might have problems in the walls as well as the floors depending on where the leak is located.
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Old 09-08-2020, 12:05 PM   #3
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Repairing it is not going to be easy, but the first thing he needs to find out is where the leak is coming from. He might have problems in the walls as well as the floors depending on where the leak is located.

the first problem is to find other evidence of where the leak came from and what other damage might have been done to walls, roof and ceiling...

having fixed the roof leakage ( look for leaks coming from roof mounted running lights) and where water may have pooled on the roof... then check for black mold and thoroughly dry out the interior before mapping out complete damage and cost + ability to DIY fixit...

any insurance coverage on the unit?
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